APPSC Group I Exam Eligibility Details

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission’s  (APPSC)  Group – I exam  eligibility conditions are as follows.

1. Nationality: A Candidate must be an Indian Citizen.

2. Age limit:

Post Code Name of the Post Age Limit (in years)
01 Deputy Collectors in A.P. Civil Service Between 18 – 34
02 Commercial Tax Officers in A.P. Commercial Taxes Service. Between 18 – 34
03 Deputy Supdt.  of Police (Civil) Cat-2 inA.P. Police Service Between  21 – 28
04 Deputy Supdt.  of Jails (MEN) in A.P. Jail Service Between  18 – 28
05 Divisional Fire Officers in Fire & Emergency Services Between  21 – 26
06 District Registrar in A.P. Registration andStamps Service Between  18 – 34
07 District Tribal Welfare Officer in A.P.Tribal Welfare Service. Between  18 – 34
08 District Employment Officer in Employment Service Between  18 – 34
09 Asst. Treasury Officer/Asst. Accounts Officer in A.P. Treasury & Accounts Service. Between  18 – 34
10 Deputy Registrar in A.P. Cooperative Service Between  18 – 34
11 District Panchayat Raj Officers in Panchayat Raj Service Between  18 – 34
12 Regional Transport Officers in A.P. Transport Service Between  18 – 34
13 District Social Welfare Officer in A.P. Social Welfare Service. Between  18 – 34
14 District B.C. Welfare Officer in B.C. Welfare Service Between  18 – 34
15 Municipal Commissioner Grade-II in A.P. Municipal Administration Service Between  18 – 34
16 Mandal Parishad Development Officer in in A.P. Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Service Between  18 – 34
17 Lay Secretary / Administrative Officer in Medical and Health Between  18 – 34
18 Assistant Prohibition & Excise Superintendent in A.P. Prohibition & Excise Service Between  18 – 26
19 Assistant Audit Officer in A.P. Local FundAudit Service. Between  18 – 34

Age Relaxation:

i) 5 years age relaxation for SC/ST and BCs Candidate’s.

ii) 10 years age relaxation for Physically Handicapped (PH) Candidates.

iii) 3 years age relaxation for Ex-Service men (3 years & length of service rendered in the armed forces).

iv) 3 years age relaxation for N.C.C (who have worked as Instructor in N.C.C) – 3 Years & length of service rendered in the N.C.C.

v) 5 years age relaxation for A.P. State Government Employees (Employees of APSEB, APSRTC, Corporations, Municipalities etc. are not eligible) – 5 Years maximum based on the length of regular service.

vi) 3 years age relaxation for Retrenched temporary employees in the State Census Department with a minimum service of 6 months.

3. Educational qualification:

Educational Qualification
01 to 04, 06 to
08, 10 to 12 &
14 to 19
A Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University in India established or
incorporated by or under Central Act, Provincial Act, a State Act or an
Institution recognized by the U.G.C. or an equivalent qualification.
05 A Bachelor’s Degree in B.E. (Fire), provided that if BE (Fire) candidates are
not available Candidates with the degree in any discipline will be considered.
13 (i) A Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University in India established
or incorporated by or under Central Act, Provincial Act, a State Act or an
Institution recognized by the U.G.C. or an equivalent qualification.
(ii) Preference shall be given to persons possessing a degree in “Sociology”
or “Social Work”
09 A Degree in Commerce OR Economics OR Mathematics of a University
recognized by the U.G.C. with at least Second class in the subject OR CA of
the UK or India or an Incorporated Accountant (London)


Physical Requirements:
For Post Code No. 03 to 05: Must not be less than 167.6 Cms. in height and must be not less than 86.3 Cms. round the Chest on full inspiration and has a Chest expansion of not less than 5 Cms. on full inspiration (as per Special Rules).
For S.T.: Must not be less than 164 Cms. in height and must be not less than 83.8 Cms. round the Chest with a minimum expansion of not less than 5 Cms. on full inspiration.
For Post Code No. 03 (Women only): Not less than 152.5 Cms. in height and not less than 45.5 Kgs in weight. (As per G.O.Ms.No. 137; Home (Police-E); dated: 01/06/1998)
For Post Code No. 18: Must be atleast 165 Cms. in height and atleast 81 Cms. round the Chest on full expiration, with a chest expansion of atleast 5 Cms. (as per Rule 4(c)(iii) of A.P. Excise Rules & as per G.O. Ms. No. 108 GAD, dated: 25/01/1961.
For Pc.No. 03 & 05: Vision: The Candidate should satisfy by a Medical Board as to his Physique, Fitness and Capacity for active outdoor work and is certified by the Ophthalmic Surgeon that his vision comes upto the requirements specified below without the use of contact glasses.

The standards of the minimum acuteness of vision which will be used for guidance in the examination of a candidate are as follows:

Standard I:

Right Eye                                                 Left Eye

Distant Vision V–6/6                             V–6/6
Near Vision-Reads                                  0.6 Reads 0.6

Standard II: 

Better Eye                                            Worse Eye

Distant Vision V–6/6                          V- without glasses – Not below 6/6;
and after correction with glasses not below 6/24

Near Vision Reads 0.6                     Reads 1


(i) No maximum age limit for SCs, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs (Other than BCCs & BCMs), BCCs, BCMs and Destitute Widows of all castes.

(ii) Age relaxation of 5 years will be applicable to persons affected by the ban orders.

(iii) Candidates not belonging to SCs, STs, MBC/DCs, BCs (Other than BCCs & BCMs), BCCs and BCMs (i.e. others) who have put in five years of service in the State/Central Government are not eligible to apply even though they are within the age limit.

Exam Pattern Details:

APPSC Group – 1 Exam is Conducted in 3 Stages:
1) Preliminary Examination (Objective paper)
2) Main’s Examination (Conventional Type)
3) Interview/OralTest

1) Preliminary Examination: The preliminary exam is a screening test which is conducted to shortlist the candidates for the next stage of examination. The exam consists of one objective type paper. Minimum qualifying marks will be given for reservation candidates as per the rules.

Preliminary Examination Subjects, Maximum marks, Time duration details given below:

Subject No.of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
General Studies & Mental Ability
(Objective Type)
150 150 2½  Hours
  Total 150  

2) Main Examination: Candidate’s who qualified in preliminary examination will go to second stage i.e Main examination which contains five papers in conventional type & is of  degree standard syllabus . The General English paper is of qualifying one and its marks are not counted for final ranking. All the question papers except General English may be answered either in English or Telugu or Urdu chosen by the candidate. Minimum qualifying marks will be given for reservation candidates as per the rules.

Main Examination Subjects, Maximum marks, Time duration details given below:

  Subject Maximum Marks Time Duration
  General English (Conventional Type) 150 3 Hours Time Duration for all conventional type Papers
Paper –  I General Essay 150
Paper -II i. History & Cultural heritage of India with emphasis on 20th century history of India.
ii. Social history of Andhra Pradesh i.e., the history of various social and cultural movements in Andhra Pradeshiii. General overview of the Indian Constitution
Paper -III i) Planning in India & Indian Economy
ii) Land Reforms and social changes in Andhra Pradesh after independenceiii) Andhra Pradesh’s Economy,present status
Paper -IV The role and impact of Science &Technology in the development of India with emphasis on the applied aspects
ii) General awareness with the modern trends in life sciences.iii) Development and environmental problems
Paper – V i) Data appreciation and interpretation
ii) The candidates will be asked to draw their own conclusion from the data presented in the tabular form in graphical or otherwiseiii) Problem solving – duly structured situation will be presented to the candidates and they will be asked to suggest their own solutions to the problem arising out of situation. Alternatively, they may be called upon to prove the understanding of the situation by answering certain searching questions based on thesituation
  Total 750

3) Interview/Oral Test: Candidate’s who appeared and found eligible in Main exam will be called for Interview which carries 75 marks. In this Interview, the board will test the candidate’s attitude and decision making skills.


1. There will be a Screening Test (Objective type) comprising General Studies and Mental Ability. This test is meant for short-listing the number of candidates to be admitted to the Written (Conventional Type) Examination i.e., consisting of six compulsory papers. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Written examination (conventional type) would be 50 times to the vacancies available at material time.

2. The papers except General English may be answered in English or Telugu or Urdu chosen by the candidates. However, a candidate is not permitted to write part of the paper in English and part of it in Telugu or Urdu.

3. Candidates must appear for all the papers in Main examination and Oral test, who qualified for the same. Absent in any of the above will be liable for disqualification.

4. The General English paper is for qualifying one and the standard of this paper is that of S.S.C. The minimum qualifying marks in this paper are 40% for O.Cs., 35% for B.Cs. and 30% for SC/ST/PH. These marks are not counted for Ranking.

5. In the event of the S.C. and S.T. candidates not coming up for selection with the existing minimum prescribed for the selection in the competitive examination conducted by the Commission, their selection shall be considered on the basis of Rank with reference to their performance in the Written and Oral competitive examination.

Selection Procedure:

The selection process consists written examination, Oral test and Final selection.

1) Written examination: The written examination conducted by APPSC in 2 stages which includes Preliminary and Main’s examination. The Preliminary examination is conducted in order to shortlist the number of candidates for Main Examination. This exam comprising of General Studies & Mental Ability & the paper contains 150 objective type questions carries 150 maximum marks, 2½ hours is the time duration for the examination. Candidates who qualified in first stage preliminary exam are selected for second stage Main examination in 1:50 ratio. The Main examination consists of five conventional type papers with conventional type questions .They are Paper – I, II, III, IV, V and one General English paper .The General English paper is of qualifying in nature and the paper is in S.S.C standard and this paper marks are not counted for Final Ranking. Each Paper carries 150 marks and 3 hours time duration .Total marks for Main examination is 750 marks. Separate minimum qualifying marks will be given for Reservation candidates.

2) Interview/Oral Test: Candidates who scored minimum qualifying marks in Main Examination will be called for Interview in 1:2 ratio on merit basis. Maximum marks for Interview is 75. Total marks for both written exam and interview is 825. Minimum qualifying marks for SC/ST/PH candidate’s is 247.50/825 , for BC’s 288.75/825 and others 330/825 . In this interview commission will ask questions from attitude’s, decision makings, leadership qualities etc.

The final selection will be made on the basis of the total marks obtained by the candidate’s in Written Examination, and Oral Test taken together & subjected to the rule of reservation of appointments wherever it applies and number of vacancies available, physical fitness and medical standards . Selected candidates may allotted in their positions.

Syllabus for Written examination:

Preliminary Examination  – General Studies and Mental Ability

*It is objective type
1. General Science – Contemporary developments in Science and Technology and their implications including matters of every day observation and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
2. Current events of national and international importance.
3. History of India – emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on AP Indian National Movement.
4. World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on AP.
5. Indian polity and Economy – including the country’s political system- rural development –Planning and economic reforms in India.
6. Mental ability – reasoning and inferences.
7. Disaster Management: (Source : CBSE Publications)
1. Concepts in disaster management and vulnerability profile of India / State of A.P.
2. Earth quakes / Cyclones / Tsunami / Floods / Drought – causes and effects.
3. Man made disasters – Prevention strategies.
4. Mitigation strategies / Mitigation measures

Main Examination (Conventional Type):
General English (X Class Standard)
1. Comprehension
2. Precis-writing
3. Re-arrangement of sentences
4. Correction of sentences
5. Synonyms
6. Antonyms
7. Filling in the blanks
8. Correction of spellings
9. Vocabulary and usage
10. Idioms and phrases
11. Verb tenses
12. Prepositions
13. Active voice and Passive voice
14. Parts of speech

Paper – I:
General Essay: Candidate should write three Essays one from each section compulsorily. Each section contains three topics. Each Essay carries 50 marks.
Section -I: Crisis management, Social problems, Analysis and solutions.
Section -II: Current events of national and international importance.
Section –III: Current events relating to State of Andhra Pradesh.

Paper – II 
Section – IHistory and Cultural Heritage of India With Emphasis on 20th Century History of India 
1. Indus Civilization – Vedic Civilization – Distinction between Indus Civilisation and Vedic Civilisation – Evolution of Varna, Jathi/caste system – Religious condition – Emergence of Religious Movements (Jainism, Buddhism and other sects) – Rise of Magadha Imperialism – Rise of Mahayana and Development of Art (Gandhara, Mathura and other Schools).

2. Advent of Islam and its impact – Influence of Islam on Indian Culture – Religious Movements – Nature and significance of Bhakti Movements – Growth of vernacular languages, literature, fine arts, architecture, monuments, Indo-Persian art and architecture – Vijayanagara empire and their contribution to art, literature and culture – socio-economic conditions, administration, fall of Vijayanagar empire – the Great Moghals and their contribution to Indian Fine Art, Architecture and Fine Arts – Rise of Shivaji.

3. Stages of colonialism – changes in administrative structure and politics – factors leading for the British supremacy, assistance of Indian Powers and the causes of failures – Civil rebellions – Revolt of 1857 and its impact – Rise of nationalist consciousness and factors for the growth of Indian Nationalism and Freedom Struggle : Three Phases :1885-1905, 1905-1920, 1920-47 and significance of Gandhi an Era.

4. Rise and growth of Socio-Religious-cultural – anti-caste, Dalit and non-Brahmin,Justice/self-respect movements in modern India – Social reform organizations and role of intellectuals – Raja Ram Mohan Roy – Dayanand Saraswathi – Jyotiba Phule – Narayana Guru – Mahathma Gandhi – Ambedkar and others.

5. Nationalist Literature – growth of peasant and labour movements – role of leftist parties in anti-feudal and anti-colonial struggles-rise and growth of Women’s movements – origin and growth of communalism – workers and peasant movements –freedom and partition of India; important historical events after independence.

Section –II: Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh
1. The Satavahanas and their contribution – social structure – religious conditions –growth of literature and painting – Ikshvakus and their cultural contribution – Growth of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh – The Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi and their importance – socio-cultural contribution – growth of Telugu language & Literature –education and learning – Religious Sects – growth of art and architecture.

2. Socio- Cultural and Religious conditions in Andhra Desha between 1000 AD – 1565 AD Growth of Telugu Language and Literature – Nannaya- Molla etc., fine arts and architecture – Monuments – Significance – Contribution of Qutubshahis to Telugu language and Literature – Art- Architecture- Monuments.

3. Modern Andhra – Socio-cultural awakening in Andhra – Brahma Samaj, Arya Samaj, Theosohica society – Adi-Andhra, Movements and role of Veereshalingam and others – Non-Brahmin, Adi- Andhra /Dalit and Justice/self – respect movements – Gurram Joshuva – Boyi Bheemanna – Sri Sri and others – Growth of Nationalist Movement in Andhra and the Andhra Leaders during the Freedom Struggle – Role of socialists – communists – anti-zamindari-kisan movements.

4. Asafjahi Dynasty – socio-cultural awakening in Telangana -Adi-Hindu Movement – Nizam Rashtra Janasangham – Andhra Mahasabha – Andhra Saaraswata Parishat – The role of Hyderabad State Congress and Vandemataram Movement.

5. Telangana People’s Armed Struggle – Ittehadul-Muslimeen – Razakars-anti-Nizam Struggles and end of Nizam’s Rule and integration of Hyderabad State in Indian

Union – Formation of Andhra Pradesh.

Section –III: General Overview of the Indian Constitution
1. Nature of the Constitution – constitutional developments – salient features – Preamble – Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy and their relationship – Fundamental Duties, Distinctive features of Indian Federation.

2. Distribution of Legislative Powers between the Union and the State; Administrative and Financial relations between the Union and the States – Powers and the Functions of Constitutional Bodies.

3. Unicameral and Bicameral Legislatures – Functions and crises of accountability,decline of legislature – Delegated Legislation – Legislative and Judicial control over the delegated legislation – Judicial review of administrative action.

4. Amendment of the Constitution – Basic Structure Theory – Emergency Provisions and De-centralisation – Community development experiment – 3 tier model of

Panchayat Raj – 73rd and 74th amendments and their implementation.

5. Welfare Mechanism in India: Provisions for scheduled castes, Tribes and Minorities; Reservations for SC, ST and Backward classes; Prevention of SC and ST Atrocities Act; National and State SC and ST Commission; Women’s Commission; National and State Minorities Commission and Human Rights Commission.

Paper – III
Section -I: Planning in India & Indian Economy 
1. National and per capita income and human development – Sectoral changes in the Indian Economy (GDP and work force).

2. Indian Planning – Objectives, priorities, specific aims of the recent 5 year plan-experience and problems. Changes in the role of public-Private Sectors and their

Shares in the total plan outlay before and after economic reforms.

3. Poverty and unemployment problems– magnitude and measures initiated to ameliorate them.

4. Monetary policy – Structure of Indian Banking and non-banking financial institutions and reforms in them since the 1990s—regulation of credit by RBI.

5. Pattern of revenue, expenditure and public debt and effects on the economy.

Section – II: Land  Reforms  &  Social Changes In  A.P  After  Independence
1. Historical background of land reforms and the change in laws from time to time – Intermediaries abolition, tenancy reforms, ceilings on holdings and land issues in A.P.

2. Structure of the Andhra Pradesh economy – its sectoral and regional distribution and the extent of poverty. Agricultural inputs and technology.

3. Demographic features and social backwardness, literacy and occupation structure; changes in the sectoral distribution of income and employment. Socio-political and economic empowerment of women.

4. State finances and budgetary policy – tax structure, sharing central taxes, expenditure pattern in revenue and capital account as well as plan and non-plan accounts. Public debt – composition – internal and external debt including World Bank loans.

5. Five year plans of AP – Outlays, financing public sector plan and resource allocation pattern in the recent 5 year plan.

Section –III: Andhra Pradesh’s Economy, Present Status, Its Strengths and Weakness:
1. Growth and structure of industries in AP; Factories, small and tiny sectors, their comparison, growth, weaknesses and problems.

2. Structure of agricultural outputs. Administrated prices including support and procurement prices – Public Distribution System in Andhra Pradesh.

3. Regional disparities in income, industrial output, rainfall, irrigation, health and education in AP.

4. Institutional and non-institutional sources of rural credit in AP – structure and growth – cooperatives and their share in total credit – adequacy and problems.

5. Service Sector of AP – Importance, composition and growth with special reference to transport and communication, tourism and information technology.


Section -I: Role and Impact of Science and Technology In the Development Of India
Unit  1 : National policy of science and technology and changes in the policy from time to time, Technology Missions.

Unit 2: Space programme in India and its applications with special reference to industrial,agricultural and other rural developmental activities, INSAT and IRS systems.

Unit 3: Role of Information Technology in Rural India, basics of computers, computers in communication and broadcasting, software development in economic growth. Broad IT applications.

Unit 4: Energy Resources: Energy demands, renewable energy resources, nuclear energy, the development and its utilisation in the country.

Unit 5: Current Science & Technology Developments in India, Climate change, Disaster Management (Floods, Cyclones and Tsunami); Crop science in India, Fertilisers, Control of pests and diseases – scenario in India; Drinking water and supply, urbanisation and industrial development.

Section -II : General Awareness with the Modern Trends In Life Sciences
Unit 1: Progress of Agricultural Science and its impacts – Introduction to Biotechnology: History of fermentation development, industrially important fermentation products (antibiotics, organic acids, alcohols, vitamins, amino acids (only one in each category is to be studied)) Production of low volume, high value fermentation products (insulin, growth hormones, recombinant vaccines,interferons)

Unit 2: Plants and human affairs, characteristics of plants, usefulness for mankind, origin of agriculture, useful and harmful plants. Introduction to animals, Domestic and wild animals, usefulness of animals for mankind, Exploitation of animals by man for food and medical advancements.

Unit 3: Introduction to and applications of Genetic Engineering & Stem Cell Research: Basic concepts (the basic process of genetic engineering) – Biotechnology in agriculture (Biofertilisers, Biopesticides, Biofuels, Genetically modified crops, Tissue culture) animal husbandry (transgenic animals- applications) and environment (Biotechnology in Environmental clean up processes).

Unit  4: Microbial infections ; Common present day infections and preventive measures. Introduction to bacterial, viral, protozoal and fungal infections. Basic knowledge of infections caused by different groups of micro organisms – diarrhoea, dysentry, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, viral infections like HIV, encephalitis, chikungunya, bird flu – preventive measures during out breaks.

Unit 5: Vaccines: Introduction to immunity, Fundamental concepts in vaccination and traditional methods of vaccine production (production of DPT and Rabies vaccine), Production of Modern Vaccines (production of Hepatitis vaccine), Applications of immunological methods in diagnosis.

Section – III: Development & Environment Problems
Unit 1: Environmental Segments, Promoting Environmental Protection, The Environment (Protection) Act, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, Water (Prevention and control of pollution) Act, Water pollution Cess Act, Forest conservation Act, Environmentalism.

Unit 2: Natural Resources: Forest Resources – Types of Forests, Uses of Forests. Water Resources- Types of Dams, Drought Occurrences and Floods, Land Resources: Soils and Cropping patterns, Mineral resources.

Unit 3: Eco-Systems and Bio-diversity: Terminology of Ecology, Basic Concepts of Ecology, concept of an Ecosystem, Food Chains in Eco systems, Types of Eco systems. Biodiversity and its conservation: Types of biodiversity, Hotspots of Biodiversity, threats to diversity.

Unit 4: Environment Pollution and Solid Waste Management: Air Pollution, water pollution, Soil Pollution, Noise pollution. Solid Waste Management: Types of Solid waste, Factors affecting the solid waste generation, Impact of solid wastes, Recycling and reuse.

Unit 5: Role of Information Technology in Environment and Human Health. Global Environmental Issues like Climate Change, Acid Rain, Global warming, Wasteland Reclamation, Watershed management, watershed approach for sustainable development.

Paper – V
Data Interpretation and Problem Solving
1. Data appreciation and interpretation using ratios, percentages and averages.

2. Drawing conclusions from the data present in tabular, graphical and diagrammatical forms and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.

3. Problem solving using the following:

a) Sequences and Series: Analogies of numbers and alphabets, completion of blank spaces in a:b,c,d, odd thing out, missing number in a sequence or series.

b) Coding and decoding problems: A given word or group of letters in English are to be coded or decoded based on the given code(s).

c) Date, time and arrangement problems: Calender and clock problems, blood relationship and seating arrangements.

Passage Analysis: A duly structured situation will be presented to the candidates and they will be asked to analyze and suggest their own solution to the problem arising out of situation. Alternatively, they may be called upon to prove the understanding of the situation by answering certain searching questions based on the situation.

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